Mirage Nanosat 5.1
Sometimes when I talk to friends about home cinema the are very much of the attitude “Id like to try it but I cant afford the space” well from now on I think I simply point them at this review (Hi guys ) and explain that not all surround sound systems need to be huge monstrosities. occasionally you get something that manages to be both compact and worthy of praise for its sonic pedigree. One such system I’ve noticed selling well over the last few years is the Mirage nanosat 5.1 surround speaker system. Mirage may not be familiar to everyone but they are in actuality a sub group of the Klipsch company. To my mind both Klipsch and now Mirage sit quite firmly in the “reputable vendor of good quality mass market kit” class. This will be very evident when you put this extremely capable but bijou setup on trial.
The Mirage Nanosat comes with 5 extremely compact but well built satelite speakers sporting 2.75-inch titanium deposit polypropylene cone woofers and a similar 0.75-inch titanium tweeter. These are in my estimation punching well above their weight, I on first install was extremely pleased with the response I was getting in the high end and actually surprise how much bass these compact satellites can deliver without the supplied sub even being turned on. That’s not to say the supplied Nano S8 Subwoofer isn’t instantly noticeable when you drop it into the mix.
The Nano S8 is a quality piece of kit that keeps to the theme of “compact but powerful” the 75w RMS of power is very well matched to the nanosat satellites in terms of both complementing their sound and not overwhelming their output power. The only minor issue I have with the nano S8 is its lack of a built in crossover, this demands you either have a receiver or TV capable of dealing with crossover duties. Not an issue for many people but I thought I should point it out. One area the Mirage Nanosat system really shines in is the control of soundstage the patented Omniguide modules in each satelite do seem to enhance both sound effect postioning and clarity of movement. If you really like to feel “inside” the sound of your movies the Mirage Nanosat satellites do an exemplary job. One other nice aspect of the Nanosat system is the ease of purchase of extra satellites if you wish to move to a 7.1 system later, each extra satellite coming in at $125 a mere rrp.
When the system is in full flow it handles movies and speech with aplomb and is extremely competent both in terms of overall audio smoothness with a glossy and easy on the ears vibe. Unfortunately when playing back some more subtle stereo recordings there is a little hollowness to be heard near the bass end which could not be completely removed using EQ. A shame really as apart formthis very minor niggle the Mirage Nanosat 5.1 Speaker System is worthy of high praise for such large sound form such a compact package. I recommend a listen at your nearest stockist, great bang for the buck for the smaller media room.
Our Omnipolar approach to speaker design brings unprecedented performance to a variety of product sizes and room positions. This 360º sound philosophy works with your room, rather than against it, to create the proper proportion of direct and reflected sound. Being Omnipolar means our speakers embrace and optimize reflections; offer excellent imaging, width and depth; and perform optimally regardless of where they are placed in a room. In other words, they take full advantage of the fact they cannot be separated from your room. You get a completely immersive experience that permeates evenly throughout your entire listening environment.
Our patented Omniguide module (patent #6,996,243), also the heart of Omnipolar sound, is an ingenious design that involves two deflectors. While one small deflector rests on top of the speaker’s tweeter, the tweeter itself is housed in a larger deflector, suspended over the midrange or woofer, depending on the design. The module disperses sound the way the ear and brain are accustomed to receiving it. Thirty percent of what our speakers deliver is direct sound. The other seventy percent is sound reflected off walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces for a completely immersive, 360º experience. So, no matter where you sit, the enveloping sound follows.
Speaker Configuration: 5x Nanosat Bookshelf Speaker + 1x Nano S8 Subwoofer – The Nano S8 subwoofer packs a sophisticated punch, with rich, detailed bass performance.
Driver Configuration: 3/4″ Pure Titanium Tweeter, 2.75″ Titanium-Deposited woofer
Frequency Response Curve: 33 – 20,000 Hz
Impdedance: 8 ohm
Crossover Description: 120 Hz, 2.7 kHz
Speaker Driver Material Type: Polypropylene
RMS Power Range – Amplifiers: 100 watts
RRP: $799.99 (Check Amazon for Current Pricing)